This weekend’s double has loomed over her coaching. She hunted for coaching spots in sweltering Tokyo in the course of the Olympics, the place a number of of the athletes she coaches have been competing. She was not allowed outdoors the Olympic bubble, although she might run on the warm-up observe together with her athletes outdoors the Olympic Stadium — till it was clogged with hurdlers and sprinters. The U.S. staff’s coaching facility was a 45-minute bus journey away. She missed a number of days of coaching, and by no means had a run that lasted greater than 10 miles whereas in Japan.
She tried to imitate a shorter model of the Chicago-Boston double final month, operating 20-plus miles on a flat course someday, then 21 miles at a 6:40 per mile tempo on hilly terrain the following day. Altering her 17-month-old son’s diapers and dealing in her backyard after the primary run served as a stand-in for what may very well be a busy journey from Chicago to Boston.
In Berlin, the place she began conservatively, Flanagan averaged about 6:40 per mile for the primary third of the race as she ran together with her bodily therapist, Colleen Little, a sub-three-hour marathoner in her personal proper. However on Berlin’s flat course on a not-too-sunny day, she hit the fuel within the second half, clicking off a 5:30 mile at one level.
Talking from London days later, she mentioned her again was sore, most likely from lugging her son round. In any other case she was fantastic. Nonetheless, she mentioned, she was planning to decelerate for London.
She landed in a corral with the sub-elite males, acquired caught of their wave of velocity, misplaced observe of her splits and ended up passing the midway mark in 75 minutes. Whoops.
She advised herself it was time to again off, however barely did, despite the fact that she knew the door to the ache cave may be simply across the nook. Her physique began to give up across the 20-mile mark. Her quads have been on hearth, and he or she might barely carry her legs. She even began strolling within the final mile as a result of she thought she was going to fall over. She completed in simply over 2:35.
“That final 5 kilometers was completely brutal,” she mentioned on Tuesday.
Her legs had began to get well, she mentioned, however her proper foot was a bit janky. It felt as if she had rolled her proper ankle despite the fact that she knew she hadn’t.